What Buyers Want

Last Updated on : 1st November 2018

Are you thinking of buying or selling? For sellers, it’s worth researching the renovations that makes a house more sellable right now. And for those of you itching to move, we’ve found the local properties that are turnkey ready

Homes like this that are ready to move in to are, quite literally, hot property

Generally, buyers fall into two camps – those who want to renovate and those who don’t. Because the present rhythm of the housing market is slower across the country, homeowners who are considering renovations to add value to their properties would do well to research what prospective buyers are looking for. The days of knocking down interior walls and opening up the ground floor may be over, with many of us seeking out smaller spaces away from the kitchen to work from home, create snug TV rooms/teen dens or increase storage, not to mention reduce heating bills and echoing acoustics. “We have noticed that families are wanting to have a quiet space for those that work from home and a place for children to concentrate when doing their homework,” said Joel Baseley of Rampton Baseley. “Having an entirely open plan ground floor certainly gives a feeling of light and space but a glazed partition can zone off a study area without compromising the line of sight. Obviously, Crittal is very much the look of the moment and bespoke shelving and a built-in desk will really define the space.”

A quiet study space away from the hustle and bustle of the kitchen

So what is at the top of the list of buyers’ must-haves? Value for money seems to be crucial with buyers feeling they are in a decent bargaining position and should therefore expect a bit of money off the asking price. Marsh & Parsons’s Charles Streatfeild states “Value for money is what every buyer is looking for at the moment across all price ranges. Buyers understand that they are in a stronger position than previously with more availability and will negotiate as a result of that. However, they are finding there is still healthy competition for the best roads in SW11.” While many of us have got used to the increased stamp duty, we may expect to see its impact factored into the final price.

Well designed, low maintenance, outdoor space is top of many buyers’ wish lists

This area is fortunate enough to have many fantastic properties that have been renovated by our wealth of local design and builder contractors, and many buyers are opting for a ‘done’ job rather than a ‘doer-upper’ as they don’t want the hassle and the expense of building work. “Wide-ranging builders’ quotes and uncertainty over planning restrictions play a major part in some buyers leaning towards ‘done’ properties,” explains Austin Thorogood of John Thorogood. “But it’s not just a top spec and an on-trend finish these buyers want – it’s evidence of high-end workmanship and inevitably the reassurance that guarantees bring. So if you’re selling your labour of love, expect lots of detailed questions and make sure all your paperwork is fully in order.”

When renovating your property, take your tech seriously. Who has walked up Northcote Road and not managed to get a decent mobile signal? If you want to sell your home quickly, fast broadband is key to many buyers – when it is predicated that 50% of the UK’s workforce will work from home by 2020, it’s worth taking time to install the right stuff. Popping into the garden to make a call is simply no longer acceptable so evenly distributed wifi with powerful boosters is de rigeur these days.

Neutral colour schemes allow prospective buyers to imagine themselves living in the property

Security is fast becoming a buyer’s buzzword, especially among the more expensive properties. CCTV, electric gates, alarm systems and panic buttons are all popular, as well as entry phones linked to cameras and smartphones. Some insurers may offer reduced premiums for homes that are connected. Luke Parle from Portico adds: “If they aren’t already installed, the average Battersea and Clapham buyers are happy to install their own security systems once they take ownership, and some flat buyers wish to avoid basement, ground and even first floor flats as they’re slightly more vulnerable to burglary.” So by taking security seriously, you could make your property even more appealing.

The turnkey properties to turn your head

From John Thorogood


Nightingale Square

Victorian House

This grand Victorian house has been completely refurbished and extended in painstaking detail. The result is a contemporary family home of breath-taking quality, offering five bedrooms (including a superb master suite), a spectacular extended kitchen and a sunny and secluded south-facing garden. The house has been entirely remodelled from top to bottom, having been stripped back to the original brickwork and works have included complete re-wiring, re-plumbing, new internal walls and ceilings, new windows and new roof.


Kyrle Road



This stylish Victorian house (2,000 square feet plus), with south-facing garden, converted loft and superb side kitchen extension has been reinvented to provide contemporary luxury in spades. This includes a sumptuous master suite occupying the whole top floor, a huge family bathroom and a generous open-plan study. With its emphasis firmly on space, light and boutique-hotel style luxury, this is no ordinary Victorian terraced house. The ground floor living areas are better connected than usual, with the rear half of the reception widening rather than narrowing and this open space leads beautifully through into a stylishly executed side extension to the kitchen and on through folding glass doors to a sunny and modern landscaped garden. The entire space feels designed for entertaining and modern family life.


Temperley Road



Stylishly refurbished and extended, this charming Victorian property has been transformed into a contemporary home with a wonderful open-plan ground floor, a superb kitchen and a delightful extra-large modern garden with side gates. This three-bedroom Victorian house has masses of kerb appeal. Approached through a pretty porch area with mature wisteria overhanging, the hallway leads into an attractive and spacious open-plan ground floor layout. The kitchen is beautifully fitted with contemporary units, stone worktops and a central island breakfast bar. The rear garden is superb. A modern landscape designed seating area combines with an array of mature shrubs to create a Mediterranean atmosphere and a wonderful feeling of seclusion.


From Rampton Baseley

Devereux Road


This incredible house was built in 2013 with a stunning period-style façade and a high-end contemporary interior. The internal space has been cleverly designed with modern-day family needs in mind from the start. It is obvious that the modern design not only makes for the perfect layout but also exploits the flow of natural light throughout the building. Contrary to the common perception of new build houses, this stunning property not only has the floor space (approximately 3,600 square feet), it also has volume with excellent proportions in all of the principal rooms.


Honeywell Roadhouse

This absolutely stunning double fronted detached Victorian house has been completely refurbished by the current owners to an extremely high standard. The building has been cleverly redesigned and behind the classic Victorian façade there is an extremely impressive contemporary interior. Not only does the house boast excellent lateral space, there are also two levels of living/entertaining space that are linked by a fabulous glass gallery and curved staircase.


Wiseton Road


This spectacular Victorian family home is located on a highly desirable road, off Wandsworth Common. The property has been completely renovated by the current owners and finished to a very high standard, offering 1,757 square feet of accommodation arranged over three floors. The front door opens to an attractive entrance hall that leads to an elegant double reception room and boasts a feature fireplace, with a fully functional wood burner, a large bay window and high quality wooden flooring. The kitchen itself has been beautifully finished with plenty of wall and base units, high quality integrated appliances, underfloor heating and stone work surfaces, and bespoke sliding doors open out on to a stunning garden.



From Marsh & Parsons

Louisville RoadHouse

This striking five double-bedroom family home, boasting approximately 3,000 square feet of internal space, has south-facing garden and is located in the popular Heaver Estate. Upon entering the charming hallway, you are led into the spacious front reception room, boasting wooden flooring, fireplace, original coving and large sash windows. The generous study follows which has direct access into the side garden. After passing the downstairs WC you will enter the impressive eat-in kitchen which has been extended allowing for plenty of natural light into the room. Bi-fold doors lead out on to the private south facing garden. A further generous reception room is found in the basement where you will also locate the utility room.


Fernbank Mews

This delightful four-bedroom house set within a secure gated development near Clapham South has two off-street parking spaces. The property boasts a light and airy large reception room with a conservatory, a beautifully maintained garden, a master bedroom with ensuite bathroom and balcony, and three other double bedrooms.


Limburg Road


This beautifully presented house offers wonderful light-filled accommodation. The ground floor includes a large double reception room, fully extended kitchen/breakfast room leading directly to a private patio garden. Upstairs there are five double bedrooms and three bathrooms (one en suite) and access to a roof terrace. The cellar is used as a utility room to accommodate the washing machine and sink.


From Portico

Wakehurst Road


Situated between the commons, this beautiful semi-detached family home offers great space and is literally opposite the sought-after Belleville primary school. The attractive Victorian house has approximately 1,552 square feet of living space and comprises front garden with side access, a welcoming hallway with stairs down to a cellar, double reception room with bay window and period features, and a spacious kitchen/breakfast room with French doors leading out to a lovely garden. The upstairs consists of four bedrooms, a bathroom, separate shower room and a large loft.

North Street


A beautiful family home, situated in the ever popular area of Clapham Old Town near Clapham Common, High Street and Tube. The Victorian mid-terrace house is set over three floors with the ground floor comprising an entrance hall, double reception room with wooden floors, built-in storage and feature fireplaces and a modern kitchen with breakfast area, concrete worktops and bi-folding doors. Upstairs the house has four bedrooms including three good sized doubles, a single bedroom and a smart family bathroom. Outside the period property has landscaped gardens to the front and rear.


Brayburne Avenue


A recently renovated period home offering spacious accommodation, a stylish interior and a convenient location. With approximately 1,848 square feet of living space, this handsome Victorian home is offered for sale with no onward chain and has a front garden, entrance hall, separate reception room with feature fireplace and wooden floors, large open-plan kitchen family room with a high-spec kitchen and generous entertaining space, which then leads out to a private garden via folding doors and a separate cloakroom to the side.



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